Photos: Naoya Inoue Makes 'Monster' Debut in United States

CARSON, CALIFORNIA – WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue made his U.S. debut in style Saturday, hammering seventh-ranked Antonio Nieves by a sixth-round technical knockout to defend his title for the sixth time.

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Inoue, 24, controlled the bout from the outset, knocking his 30-year-old American opponent down in the fifth and didn’t let up the following round.

After the sixth, having seen enough, Nieves’ corner threw in the towel. All three judges had Inoue comfortably ahead 60-53 through the sixth at StubHub Center.

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Inoue had a strong second round, when he had Nieves backed into the corner where he threw a flurry of punches to decimate the challenger.

But Inoue, so locked into the fight, mistook the 10-second warning with the bell at the end of the round and laid off Nieves.

“I was into it — too into it, actually,” Inoue said. “It was kind of a waste, I’ll admit that.”

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Nieves wasn’t spared much longer, however, when Inoue floored him in the fifth with a hard left to the body. Nieves could only flee as Inoue tried to finish him in the sixth and was saved by the bell, his camp telling the referee that Nieves’ night was over.

Inoue took his record to a perfect 14-0 including 12 knockouts, Nieves now 17-2-2. Inoue’s next opponent could be Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, the WBC champion in his division who was on the same card this night.

In the main fight, Srisaket knocked out Nicaraguan hero Roman Gonzalez in the fourth round to hold on to his title.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Aztekkas on 09-11-2017

Superfly II Juan Francisco Estrada vs Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Naoya Inoue vs Carlos Cuadras Roman Gonzalez vs Ulises Lara ( :lol1: ) swear... if Lara were to land this fight and win it, he's a legend. He's fought Seda, Ceja,…

Comment by sammybee on 09-11-2017

[QUOTE=angkag;18033870]Agree, and the good news is that we are likely to see it soon. No point holding him back. With Estrada vs Rungvisai coming up, would be good to see him get it on with Cuadras - then we get…

Comment by MEXfistology on 09-10-2017

Runvisai had already fought at higher weights , and chocolatito is coming from like 105 pounds , weight classes matter

Comment by FinitoxDinamita on 09-10-2017

Brian Viloria would provide a good test

Comment by angkag on 09-10-2017

[QUOTE=sammybee;18033716]Inoue is good but he needs to fight A-level fighters that will give him a long night.[/QUOTE] Agree, and the good news is that we are likely to see it soon. No point holding him back. With Estrada vs Rungvisai…

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